ShakeOut 2012

The October 2012 ShakeOut exercise was the second of six planned technology demonstrations of the Unified Incident Command & Decision Support (XchangeCore) middleware for data sharing developed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. The objectives of the 2012 Clearinghouse Shakeout exercise were to:

  1. Introduce the concept of operations for the virtual Clearinghouse through a tecnology demonstration of the XchangeCore middleware to enable electronic data sharing amongst/between California Earthquake Clearinghouse member organizations.
  2. Introduce the new field data collection tools being developed for the Clearinghouse by SpotOnResponse (SOR)

For SOR there were 109 unique IP addresses of which there were 48 end-user names with unique and completley valid emails registered. For XchangeCore, there were 12 organizations/programs, 5 XchangeCore cores, 12 connected applications, 192 incident reports, 86 field observations – in a three hour exercise. The numbers showed an increase in participation and pregress moving from demonstration to operational mode since the May 2012 Golden Guardian Exercise.

This exercise provided much useful information. Suggested improvements for future exercises include: refining XchangeCore sharing agreements; additional improvements to the SOR application; additional outreach to increase participation by emergency response organizations; a test of overflight capabilities; and establishment of the Clearinghouse at a physical location.

More information about the October Shakeout Exercise can be found in the After Action Report. The following organizations participated in the 2012 ShakeOut exercise: